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June 06, 2020
Photography By Kelly Savoca
Finally, I’ve taken some time to compile all of the info related to building raised garden beds. Over March & April, we purchased cedar, soil, tools, netting, and more to complete 3 garden beds. The sizes of our beds are (2) 8’ x 4’ x 12” and (1) 4’ x 4’ x 12” that is centered around the other two beds. If you missed this in March I’ll share it here again with some additional resources + price information.
How? 1| My husband chose to cut the wood using a circular saw so that we could easily customize our boxes. Don’t fret! If you prefer to avoid as many tools as possible you can also buy a kit. You can check those out HERE.
Some twine & chopsticks are good enough to mark the area where you’ll be placing the boxes. Also, it’s a good idea to use a level to check the ground where you remove the dirt. If it is not level try to adjust this BEFORE placing in your boards.
You can check out our video here which shows us building the beds with our pups!
He cut these to fit at the inside of the bed with a hand saw – so under 12”. Then started by placing a small square of weed fabric under the PVC pipe at the corner. From here, he trimmed the metal brackets so that they fit diagonally across the corner and held the PVC pipe in place – see photo. Then he drilled a screw in at each side. Repeat this process throughout the beds.
8 | Then we tested the hoops. By taking the slimmer PVC pipes we started placing them along the edges and into the piping within the bed. See below. Everything fit pretty snug and then we were all set for netting!
10 | From here we snapped the clips with the netting onto the hoops and added magnets to the bottom of the netting. The magnets weigh the netting down which can be helpful on windy days.
Compared to similar-sized raised bed kits that could be savings up to $135 per bed not to mention this included soil and netting. Also, keep in mind we could build another 4’ x 4’ bed with the wood we have left. Now you should give it a shot for Fall!
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